DIY Poke Bowl

DIY Poke Bowl

One day, I realized I was addicted to poke. I would get it at least once a week. After a visit to Ijji sushi, I started questioning the quality of the fish at poke places. Thinking about it made me feel slightly icky. Paired with the intense bloating from the high sodium poke sauces, I decided to make my own poke bowl at home.

The ingredient list looks intimidating, but I promise it's not hard to make. You can add & leave out ingredients as you please.

serves 2-3


  • sashimi grade fish (1 lb) -- I got yellowtail & tuna; you can usually find some sashimi grade fish at local fish markets
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • brown sugar
  • edamame
  • sweet shitake mushrooms - recipe here
  • ear of corn
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1.5 cups of rice (my fave - super moist & squishy)
  • seaweed salad (you can find this at an Asian supermarket)
  • 1 lemon
  • sesame oil
  • apple cider vinegar
  • pickled ginger (or you can pickle your own) 
  • 1 cucumber
  • Shichimi Togarashi- this stuff is AMAZING

more stuff you can add-on

  • mango (highly recommended)
  • avocado
  • furikake  
  • fried onions
  • grilled edamame -- see this recipe


  1. preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. sprinkle corn with sesame oil, cover corn in foil, & pop in oven for 25 minutes
  3. cook 1.5 cups of rice in rice cooker
  4. mix cooked rice with 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
  5. thinly slice 1/2 red onion & sprinkle with 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
  6. chop 2 cloves of garlic & 1 cucumber
  7. heat pan to medium heat, add sesame oil, & brown garlic
  8. mix corn, chopped cucumber, sliced spring onion, roasted edamame, sliced onion, garlic in a large bowl
  9. add 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp grated ginger, 2 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tbsp sriracha, 2 tsp of lemon juice & mix
  10. chop up fish into cubes.. you'll need a sharp knife
  11. when you're ready to eat, add fish to veggie bowl & mix
  12. place rice at bottom of bowl, add veggie mixture, & top with ginger, sesame seeds, Sriracha, Shichimi Togarashi, & lemon juice.  

Guess what pairs well with a poke bowl? Boba ;-)

Finding food that worth the calories.